Dorthia Cottrell

Dorthia Cottrell

Apart from fans of Windhand, the Virginia-based doom-metal band she anchors as singer and lyricist, DORTHIA COTTRELL is an unknown pleasure. Criminally so, but her new debut solo album will change that. It is a work of savage beauty, a collection of folk-blues songs as lustrous as they are foreboding. Shadows lurk in COTTRELL’s voice, a smoky, sage alto that most certainly belongs to a woman who has “whiskey in my water,” as she sings on “Oak Grove.” In that song, she confesses — or maybe it’s a boast — “I’m the kind of girl who needs a devil in a man / To satisfy me.” With little more than acoustic guitar and multi-tracked harmonies, and pedal steel conjuring some haze, the album has the unhurried intimacy of old Folkways recordings, or even Cat Power’s The Covers Record. She strips her cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Rake” down to a skeletal dirge, giving a similar treatment to her forlorn version of Gram Parsons’s “A Song for You.” An artist of COTTRELL’s caliber was bound to step into the light, even as darkness surrounds her. (James Reed, Boston Globe)

The Mighty Auroch

THE MIGHTY AUROCH sound like trying to fit a truck in your ear. Formed sometime in 2007 (we think, we drink a lot of beer) THE MIGHTY AUROCH has been blowing minds and eardrums since. With their own brand of stoner rock and doom metal, many of the bars in Louisville, Kentucky have had to increase their building's structural insurance. THE MIGHTY AUROCH named themselves after a now extinct species of buffalo indigenous to Europe. Slow, lumbering, mighty, don't mess with 'em.

"The river doesn't ever stop. It is a continuous bringer of whatever it touches, and whomever is chosen to step within its waters.
The first time I heard Nate Hall's voice I knew that I was hearing something that would haunt me forever. The unmistakable sound of mountains' wind and the desperation and anguish of truth and experience.
Authenticity isn't something you can acquire. Either you are or you are not.
Nate's work shows a depth of heart and a pure channeling that you wont come across 10 times in your life.
This is the work of the soul that we all know.
And the soul that knew us first.
You aren't born into this and you don't die out of it. This is eternity, and it brings us all to the center of the river that wants us to be here at this moment."
- Scott Kelly



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